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Grand Canyon National Park: Yaki Point to Phantom Ranch


Star Star Star Star Star

Distance: 12.7 miles

On this 13.7-mile out-and-back trek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon tour rugged canyons, cross the Colorado River, and take in stunning river-to-rim views.
  • South Kaibab Trail
  • Views from Cedar Ridge
  • View from Skeleton Point
  • O'Neill Butte
  • Natural Arch
  • Black Suspension Bridge
  • Black Suspension Bridge
  • Bright Angel Canyon

This 13.7-mile route starts at South Kaibab Trailhead on the Grand Canyon's South Rim and immediately descends into the belly of the Grand Canyon on South Kaibab Trail. Along the way, the route passes O'Neill Butte, Skeleton Point, and breathtaking views of the surrounding canyons. At the bottom, cross Black Bridge, a suspension bridge over the Colorado River, and head west to Phantom Ranch and the mouth of Bright Angel Canyon.


GUIDEBOOK AND MAP Hiking Grand Canyon National Park, 3rd Edition , Ron Adkison and Ben Adkison ($19, Trails Illustrated Grand Canyon ($12, natgeomaps .com). Plan other trips in the park using BACKPACKER's Grand Canyon National Park page.

CUSTOM TOPO MAPS Download tracks and waypoints, print or order custom topos, from the map tools menu on the web version of the trip report.

SEASON March to May and October to November. From June to September, inner canyon temps from are often above 100°F. Start early to beat the midday heat. Also, don't forget it is much easier to descend into the canyon than climb back up. Expect to spend at least double the time climbing than descending

KEY GEAR Wide-brim hat and six liters of water storage.

PERMITS $10 per permit, plus $5/person per night. Apply ( on the first of the month four months prior to your hike date (e.g., June 1 for a hike beginning in Nov.) and fax it to (928) 638-2125

CONTACT Backcountry Information Office: (928) 638-7875 (from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday to Thursday),

STOCK UP Canyon Village Marketplace, South Rim. (928) 638-2262

FREE TRIP PLANNERS Get news on vacation deals and lodging at

10 Summer Hiking Essentials


  1. Water - Plain and some with electrolyte replacement.
  2. Food - especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.
  3. First Aid Kit - bandaids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.
  4. Map - while many trails are well-marked, maps are helpful tools.
  5. Pack - to carry the essentials.
  6. Flashlight/Spare Batteries - allows you to hike out during the cool of the evening.
  7. Spray Bottle - fill with water for your own personal air conditioning system.
  8. Hat/Sunscreen - to keep the sun off you and protect your skin.
  9. Whistle and/or Signal Mirror - for emergency use.
  10. Waterproof Clothing - poncho or jacket; especially usefull during monsoon season (mid-July to early September).

The South Rim: Open All Year
The South Rim is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All visitor services: camping, lodging, and restaurants are available year round.Reservations are strongly recommended during the busy summer season. Some facilities are closed during the winter. A free shuttle bus system operates in the Grand Canyon Village area. Make your visit easier by parking your car at the Visitor Center and using the free shuttle buses to get around the village.

Market Plaza is the Business Center of the Village. Here you will find a general store and deli, a bank, post office, and cafeteria at Yavapai Lodge. Market Plaza has a large parking lot (B) and is in a central location. It is a good place to park and access the park's free shuttle system.

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